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And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord: As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons: And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was in him.

And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, He also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said: Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen thy salvation,

Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And his father and mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning him. And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall(*), and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.

And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; she was far advanced in years, and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. And she was a widow until fourscore and four years; who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day.

Now she, at the same hour, coming in, confessed to the Lord; and spoke of him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel. And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong, full of wisdom; and the grace of God was in him.
St. Luke 2:22-40
(*)for the fall: Christ came for the salvation of all men; but here Simeon prophesies what would come to pass, that many through their own wilful blindness and obstinacy would not believe in Christ, nor receive his doctrine, which therefore would be ruin to them: but to others a resurrection, by their believing in him, and obeying his commandments. Source: Douay-Rheims Bible
From Christmas to Candlemas
Candlemas, the lighting and procession of the candles
Excerpt from Candlemas bulletin February 2, 2014,
Fr. Higgins, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes,
Newton/Needham, Massachusetts
The lighted tapers which the faithful carry are symbolic of the Light of Christ. They also recall the light of faith in the individual soul.

At Baptism, we become members of Christís Mystical Body. The lighted candles given to the newly baptized person as part of the baptismal ceremony represents that personís sharing in Christís own life and His pledge of life everlasting.

The carrying of lighted tapers during Mass is distinct for the Mass of Candlemas, but at one time every Mass was a Candle Mass, because baptized Christians carried lighted candles during the celebration of the Mass.
The other liturgy during the year when we see lighted tapers in the hands of the faithful is during the Paschal Vigil on Easter Eve. So we may make a connection between the lights of Candlemas to mark the end of the Christmas Cycle and the lights of Easter Eve, which proclaim Christ risen from the dead.
Meditation - Feast of the Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Jesus
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
First Meditation
When the time had come in which, according to the Law, Mary was to be purified in the Temple, and to present Jesus to the Eternal Father, she, accompanied by Saint Joseph, directed her steps towards Jerusalem. Joseph took two turtle-doves, which were to be offered, and Mary took her beloved Infant. She took the Divine Lamb to offer It to God, as a token of the Great Sacrifice which He would one day accomplish on the Cross.
My God, I also unite my sacrifice to that of Mary; I offer Thee Thy Incarnate Son, and by His merits I beseech Thee to grant me Thy grace. I do not deserve it, but Jesus sacrificed Himself to Thee to obtain it for me. For the love of Jesus, then, have mercy on me.

Amen
Second Meditation
Behold, Mary entered the Temple, and in the name of the whole human race made the oblation of her Son. But, especially on this day, Jesus offered Himself to His Eternal Father. "Behold Me, O Father", He said, "to Thee do I consecrate my whole life; Thou hast sent Me into the world to save it; accept My blood and My life, I offer them without reserve to Thee, for the salvation of the world".
Unfortunate should I have been, my dear Redeemer, hadst Thou not satisfied the Divine Justice for me. I thank Thee with my whole soul, and I love Thee with my whole heart. And whom shall I love, if I do not love a God Who sacrificed His life for me?

Amen
Third Meditation
This sacrifice was more precious in the sight of God than if all men and Angels had offered Him their lives. Yes, because it was in this offering of Jesus alone that the Eternal Father received infinite - honor and infinite - satisfaction. Jesus Christ said one day to Blessed Angela of Foligno, "I offered Myself for thee, that thou mightest offer thyself to Me".
Yes, my Jesus, since Thou hast offered Thy life to Thy Eternal Father for me, I offer my life and my entire self to Thee. Hitherto, with the greatest ingratitude, I have despised Thee; but Thou hast promised no more to remember the outrages of a sinner who repents of having offended Thee. My Jesus, I grieve for having offended Thee, and wish I could die of grief. I was dead by sin; from Thee I hope for life, and my life shall be to love Thee, O infinite Good. Make me love Thee; I ask for nothing more. Dispense the riches of this world to those who desire them; I desire nothing but the treasure of Thy love. My Jesus, Thou alone art sufficient for me.

O Queen and my Mother Mary, through thee do I hope for every grace. Amen
http://copiosa.org/liguori_mary_glories/meditation_purification.htm
Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Cell 10); by Fra Angelico; Convento di San Marco, Florence http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
The Prophetess Anna by Rembrandt; 1631; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
The Prophet Simeon with the Infant Jesus in the Temple by Rembrandt; 1669; National Museum, Stockholm; http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord Jesus by Rembrandt;1627; Kunsthalle, Hamburg; http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
LíInnocence by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Virgin and Child by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Compassion by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
February 2 - Feast of the Purification of Mary, the Presentation of Jesus and the Festival of Candlemas
 
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